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Peter Schmeichel, Andrej Shevchenko and Michel Platini will be three of the many football legends who will participate in the 2012 European Footballers Golf Classic in Kiev, organised by FIFPro and French sports agency Pass for Sport. Some of Europe’s greatest footballers will meet on Sunday 24th and Monday 25th June for the third edition of FIFPro's golf tournament.


The Kiev Golf Club will host the 2012 European Footballers Golf Classic. In collaboration with Pass for Sport, FIFPro Division Europe will welcome 33 former football greats to the capital of Ukraine, one of the two host nations of this year’s UEFA European Championship (EURO 2012).


The players originate from thirteen different countries. FIFPro is pleased to welcome former world champions and European champions amongst the participants. UEFA president and EURO 1984 winner Michel Platini will tee off, alongside Christian Karembeu, 1998 World champion, 2000 European champion and ambassador of the European Footballers Golf Classic.


Germany can boast  a team with two world champions: Stefan Reuter and Karl-Heinz Riedle were both successful in 1990. Italy sends a fourth world champion: Giancarlo Antognoni was the midfield orchestrator when La Squadra Azzurra lifted the 1982 World Cup in Spain.


Denmark brings in three players who played the EURO 1992 final and beat Germany (including Stefan Reuter and Karl-Heinz Riedle) to pick up the trophy: John Faxe Jensen (who scored in the final), Henrik Larsen (top scorer of the tournament) and Peter Schmeichel.


The Czech Republic will be represented by four players from the EURO 1996 squad that made it to the finals, only to lose to Germany after a golden goal. Ladislav Maier, Petr Kuba, Radek Bejbl and Karel Poborksy will all play in Kiev.


Also featuring at this tournament, will be players such as Teddy Sheringham, Ronald de Boer, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Marc Degryse, Les Ferdinand and Donato.


Last but certainly not least, FIFPro is delighted to announce that Andrej Shevchenko will make an appearance at the 2012 European Footballers Golf Classic. Last week he scored twice to help Ukraine beat Sweden in the EURO 2012 group stage. Unfortunately it was not enough to get his country through to the quarter finals. Though a small comfort, but FIFPro expects the Ukrainian captain and 2004 Ballon d’Or winner will try to win the 2012 European Footballers Golf Classic instead …



The following players will participate in the 2012 European Footballers Golf Classic:


Player Country Caps
Marc Degryse Belgium 63
Geert De Vlieger Belgium 43
Radek Bejbl Czech Republic 58
Petr Kouba Czech Republic 46
Ladislav Maier Czech Republic 7
Karel Poborsky Czech Republic 118
John Faxe Jensen Denmark 69
Henrik Larsen Denmark 39
Mark Rieper Denmark 61
Peter Schmeichel Denmark 129
Les Ferdinand England 17
Teddy Sheringham England 51
Chris Waddle England 62
Paul Walsh England 5
Bernard Diomede France 8
Christian Karembeu France 53
Antoine Kombouare France -
Michel Platini France 72
Manfred Müller  Germany 
Stefan Reuter  Germany  69 
Karl-Heinz Riedle  Germany  42 
Giancarlo Antognoni  Italy  73 
Massimo Bonini  San Marino  19 
Ronald de Boer  The Netherlands  67 
Pierre van Hooijdonk  The Netherlands  46 
Alfred Nijhuis  The Netherlands 
Martijn Reuser  The Netherlands 
Rob Witschge The Netherlands  30 
Donato Gama da Silva Spain 12 
Iñaki Saez Spain
Manuel Sarabia Spain  15 
Pontus Kåmark Sweden 57 
Andrej Shevchenko  Ukraine  111